March 15, 2016 william

Could Knitting Save Your Life?

There’s been a recent resurgence in crafts. Needlework, knitting and crocheting are becoming popular among the younger generations. It’s all good.

1. One Third Of Women Ages 25-35 Now Knit Or Crochet

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These numbers come from the Craft Yarn Council. They note that even schoolchildren and men are picking up needles.

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2. Stitch Away Stress

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Last April, the council created a “Stitch Away Stress” campaign. The repetitive action of needlework is believed to create a relaxed state, similar to yoga or meditation.

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3. There’s A Lot Of Rewards With Knitting

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Once you learn how to do it, needlework can reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. The stress hormone, cortisol, is also reduced. One study showed that when those suffering from anorexia nervosa were taught to knit, they significantly improved. Why? It lessened their fears.

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4. Some Believe Knitting Helps With Weight Control

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When your hands are full, it’s hard to snack. Needlework requires using both hands and some concentration. So, you’re not thinking about eating.

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5. Needlework Helps The Brain

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More studies are showing that needlework helps brain function. Those who engaged in crafts suffered less memory loss.

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